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Nonprofit group hopes to spread joy

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Denver nonprofit organization Spreading Joy plans to bring holiday cheer to the residents and children of a local battered women’s shelter this season through the charity event dubbed “Christmas JOY.” The function will be Saturday at New Grace Baptist Church in Iron Station. Spreading…

Educators hope DARE replacement program can promote health

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   In hopes of finding a program that would adequately replace Drugs Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), Lincoln County Cooperative Extension agents worked to train area educators last month in a new curriculum to battle substance abuse and other issues today’s youth face regularly. Previously, D.A.R.E.…

Suspect described as ‘at large’ had turned himself in

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  Times-News staff   After front-page headlines earlier week describing Brandon Brooks as being “at large,” and wanted for selling illegal “bath salts,” the Times-News has learned that he had actually turned himself in two weeks earlier. Apparently nobody bothered to tell Lincolnton Police, who were still looking for him…

Cat Square or bust

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Bostian to direct the Arts Council

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   As the torch is passed to the next director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, area art instructor Laurie Bostian will try her hand at further developing and expanding the local organization, in hopes of bringing to light the importance of the arts.…

Deputies: Suspect confesses to 5 break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County man admitted to deputies on Tuesday he was involved in five attempted break-ins in the area between late November and early December, the Sheriff’s Office has said. While investigating an attempted break-in at Westport Marina in Denver, deputies apprehended Joshua…

Tier change could mean more local jobs

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County should receive more support from the state when landing industries next year, thanks to a shift in economic-development tier rankings that will make bigger tax credits available. The N.C. Department of Commerce announced the new tier designations last week for all 100…

Students team up with symphony

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  Performance includes song by teacher’s father AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff writer Students from 10 Lincoln County elementary schools and Lincoln Charter School attended a matinee performance by the N.C. Symphony on Thursday, before the evening performance of Holiday Pops at the Citizen’s Center. The daytime performance ended with a sing-along…

More federal sentences in online child porn ring tied to Lincolnton man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Wisconsin men and one Missouri man were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a six-person child pornography ring that also involved a Lincolnton man, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina said. A federal judge sentenced Daniel Slott,…

Gun permit applications can now be done online

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic…